Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Technology Integrity

Technology is great! I’m thankful every time I get an email, check my calendar, and send a message all on the go with my Blackberry. I can respond instantly when I need to or put it off until later. Because of technology I can connect with more people. If I had a Facebook you could be my friend. And if I had a twitter you could follow my every move. (I’m about to go to lunch)
With technology, however I have found that it is easy to negotiate our integrity.
For example it is easier to type words versus speaking them. And so we can find ourselves typing things we would never say out loud and therefore negotiate integrity.
Another thought, there are times we think what we are doing is done from the privacy of our cell phone or computer but that may not be true. I have seen too many times that cell phones are not private. You could easily send the wrong message to someone or someone could pick up your phone and read your messages. However it happens when you use technology it is not as private as you may think.
With that thought I wonder what someone would think if they picked up my phone or if they borrowed my computer. Would my integrity integrate with my technology?

Monday, October 19, 2009

No "I" in team

There is no “I” in team, however there is a Nikki, Joni, David, and Eric. And all of them have the letter “I” in their name. (I’m not sure what that means.?) I do know it is an honor and a privilege to serve along side of some extraordinary people.
So to the world, or to the five people that read my blog, I say thank you Nikki, Joni, Eric, David for being part of the team. I am humbled by your wisdom, and awed by your commitment. You make it a joy to live life.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A few final thoughts

There were people everywhere cheering for one purpose and you could feel the intensity.
You might not even be a football fan, but in that atmosphere you became one. The crowd was intense! I believe some of the people around me were ready to fight. Others cheered so loud it made my ears ring. I begin to get sucked into the vortex of the intensity and I wanted to fight! I begin to cheer and jump up and down. (I even hit the lady next to me, sorry) You could not help it, the intensity was contagious.
It didn’t stop when the game was over either. Walking back to the car I heard all the talk on how the team can improve and the key points about what went wrong. I joined in and gave my little opinion. Some were upset and others optimistic about the future.
But all-in-all, even with our team losing, the crowd was still happy. It was almost like they just experienced something supernatural. Something that is to be held in honor. Something you will not forget.
I learned something from this crowd of 90,000 +. I just experienced something more than a football game.

Unity at 90,000

Visiting Sanford Stadium for a game last week was an experience I will not soon forget.
The crowd was, WOW! There were people everywhere. But when we got to our seats I experienced something that boggled my mind. Unity!
I have seen unity at a small level of high school game, even seen unity at a large event. But to have 90,000 people all about the same goal, cheering in unison was a sight to be seen.
The crowd was so unified that when they wanted to distract the other team with cheers it just happened. There was no planning, no leader, that I saw, just unity in the cause.
There was no racial issues, no gender issues, no social issues just unity.
People that have never met were unified in the cause. They exchanged high fives, hugs, and maybe a few kisses when things went well. And when things took a turn for the worse the crowd moaned together. When we were up, we were up together. When we were down, we were down together.

I wonder what life would be like if we were unified like this in our country, in our churches, and most importantly in our homes?

90,000 people

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Georgia Bulldog game. Wow! It was an interesting adventure. There were people everywhere. I saw a few things that caught my attention.

As we walked around everyone seemed happy. No one was upset about the traffic; it was almost an honor to be stuck in it. No one seemed to mind the crowd. No one was bothered by the noise of the crowd. No one was irritated about walking to the stadium. People shared time, food and company. Everyone was focused on one thing, Their Team Winning. And all this was before the game.
I think I could learn some things from this crowd of 90,000 plus.